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NFL.com's Bucky Brooks included Missouri redshirt junior defensive end Shane Ray as one of his draft "risers" on Monday.

Ray recorded eight tackles and two sacks against South Carolina on Saturday. According to Brooks, the junior DE shows "the first-step quickness and burst that scouts desire in elite edge players." Brooks also noted that "Ray displayed solid run-stopping skills against an offensive line that is considered one of the best in college football." In 2013, Ray made 39 tackles, nine tackles for loss and had 4.5 sacks.
Source: nfl.com
Sep 29 - 4:41 PM

Missouri redshirt senior WR Darius White will miss a few weeks due to a groin injury.

Head coach Gary Pinkel called it "severe" and the team initially thought it was a season ending matter. White is a Texas transfer and was listed as a starting receiver out of camp. He recorded 15 catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns in three games before the injury.
Sep 23 - 10:07 AM

Missouri redshirt sophomore QB Maty Mauk completed 28-of-47 attempts for 326 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Saturday's loss to Indiana.

He added 32 yards on the ground. Mauk threw for 647 yards and a 12/3 TD/INT ratio during Mizzou's 3-0 start, and he played just as well today. The Tigers, however, couldn't get stops when they needed to, specifically at the end of the game, when D'Angelo Roberts burst into the end zone for a three-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds remaining. Sports Illustrated's The Inside Read wrote this week that Mauk "appears to be on his way to stardom" and "could make the argument as the league’s top quarterback."
Sep 20 - 10:40 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore QB Maty Mauk "appears to be on his way to stardom" and "could make the argument as the league’s top quarterback," according to Sports Illustrated's The Inside Read.

"This is only my seventh start," Mauk said after Saturday's 38-10 demolition of Central Florida. "I don’t think people really see that because I played so much last year. We’re going to get better." He’s thrown for 647 yards and 12 touchdowns against three interceptions during Mizzou's 3-0 start. Mauk has "been compared to another former SEC quarterback, Johnny Manziel, because of their dual-threat ability and Mauk’s arrest after wrecking a scooter with two coeds his first week at Missouri in 2012," according to SI. NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks wrote last week that Mauk "has crept into the spotlight as one of the most intriguing prospects at the position."
Sep 16 - 5:19 PM

Missouri defensive ends Markus Golden and Shane Ray combined for 3.5 sacks and five tackles for loss in Saturday's 38-10 romp over UCF.

Many expected the Tigers to struggle in 2014 after losing several key contributors -- including stud DEs Michael Sam and Kony Ealy -- but they've raced out to a 3-0 start. If they're going to continue the success when SEC play begins, Golden and Ray are going to have to play like the future high draft picks that many expect them to be. Missouri HC Gary Pinkel told NFL scouts last year that Golden and Ray -- backups at the time -- could be better than starters Sam and Ealy.
Sep 14 - 7:47 PM

Missouri redshirt senior RB Marcus Murphy ran for 94 yards on 15 carries in Saturday's win over UCF.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote last month that Murphy "could push for a draft selection" if he has a big season. So far, the counting stats haven't been there; Murphy has rushed for only 204 yards on 37 carries (5.5 YPC) and no touchdowns through three Mizzou wins. It's difficult to draw conclusions, however, because the closest of those victories came by 20 points and the Tigers have been able to yank starters early. "He lacks prototypical size, of course, but uses his naturally low center of gravity to remain balanced and has terrific agility and burst to go along with vision and soft hands," Rang wrote in August.
Sep 14 - 7:34 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore QB Maty Mauk "has crept into the spotlight as one of the most intriguing prospects at the position," according to NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks.

"After teasing the college football world with his talents a season ago while filling in for an injured James Franklin, Mauk has crept into the spotlight as one of the most intriguing prospects at the position," Brooks wrote. The Missouri prospect now has five wins in his last six starts, and the Tigers have embraced his high-risk, high-reward style. Against Toledo last week, the young gunslinger had career-bests in passing yards (325), completions (21) and total touchdowns (six) in Missouri's 49-24 victory over Toledo.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 12 - 2:55 PM

Missouri senior DE Markus Golden has recorded five tackles for loss in the school's first two games of 2014.

In the season opener against South Dakota State, Golden posted two solo tackles for loss along with two assisted. He added two more solo stops the next week against Toledo. Golden was not used as frequently as he should have been last year, thanks to the production Michael Sam and Kony Ely put up, but he could end up better than both.
Source: NCAA
Sep 10 - 12:36 PM

Missouri HC Gary Pinkel says he told NFL scouts last year that backup DEs Markus Golden and Shane Ray could be better than SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam and Kony Ealy.

Who are we to argue with the players' coach? Golden and Ray are following in a fine Tigers' tradition of edge terrors established recently by Aldon Smith, Sam and Ealy. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden rotated in as part of a DE trio with Ealy and Sam last season. He finished with more tackles (55) than Ealy or Sam, and he collected 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Greg A. Bedard of Monday Morning Quarterback wrote in February that the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden "could be a star" in the NFL.
Sep 8 - 9:14 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Missouri senior DE Markus Golden "is similar in style and substance to Marcus Smith."

"It seems every year Missouri puts a real good defensive front seven player into the draft and this year the program offers Golden," Pauline wrote. "An explosive pass rusher, Golden possesses both short area quickness as well as long speed. He was all over the field against Toledo who fields a veteran and productive offensive line, collecting 6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 sack. Primarily coming out of a three point stance, Golden is similar in style and substance to Marcus Smith, the first round pick." The 6-3, 260-pounder, who teams with Shane Ray to give Mizzou another terrifying DE combination, will follow in the footsteps of Aldon Smith, Sheldon Richardson, Kony Ealy and Michael Sam as the next drafted Tigers' defensive lineman.
Sep 8 - 8:45 PM

Missouri redshirt senior S Braylon Webb has "enough agility and speed to handle dropping down and covering slot receivers," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Webb enters the fall with a team-high 30 career starts. "Webb primarily lines up at strong safety but has enough agility and speed to handle dropping down and covering slot receivers, as well as playing a deep single-high position," Rang wrote. "He is at his best facing the quarterback, showing good awareness and steady acceleration to track the ball. Webb is a physical (albeit not explosive) tackler who wraps his arms securely. Given his experience, however, Webb doesn't break free of receiver blocks as quickly as he should. Webb had shoulder surgery after spring practice but is expected to ready for the start of the 2014 season." The 6-foot, 205-pounder runs a 4.67 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 10:10 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray "could wind up earning a higher draft-day grade" than ex-teammate pass rushers Michael Sam and Kony Ealy, notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Considering he backed up Sam and Ealy last year, Ray collected an impressive 39 tackles, 9 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Rang calls Ray an "extraordinary athlete" and believes his draft stock could spike because of the NFL's increased creativity in using athletic edge rushers. "Ray has an explosive first step to beat tackles off the snap and can fly by and around them, showing the flexibility and balance to scrape the corner and close," the analyst wrote. "He complements the speed rush with a quick jab-step back to the inside and a swim over the top to counter when opponents start leaning outside. Ray locates the football quickly and changes directions fluidly to pursue. Ray is overly reliant on his athleticism to wreak havoc at this time and could improve his functional strength and awareness of cut blocks. He struggles to disengage once blockers latch on, showing only average power in his hands."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 7:45 PM

Missouri redshirt junior ILB Kentrell Brothers "could be in store for a monster season," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Brothers recorded 70 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and finished second on the team with three interceptions. "Brothers' square-ish frame appears better suited to the 'Mike role, which is where he's being moved this year. Brothers is instinctive and doesn't shirk from contact, often aggressively taking on blockers in the hole. He has good lateral agility to slip them, as well and is smooth and attentive in coverage. Brothers frequently was in position a year ago to make big plays only to have runners slip through his fingers. With greater wrap-up strength and determination, he could be in store for a monster season."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 5:37 PM

Missouri junior C Evan Boehm "could eventually earn early round NFL consideration," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The former top recruit was inserted into the starting lineup soon after arriving on campus, manning left guard as a freshman and transitioning to center last year. "Boehm has a short and stocky frame. Frankly, he looks like a Coke machine with arms, legs and a helmet," Rang wrote. "He is surprisingly light on his feet and shows impressive power, leverage and technique - traits he's carried over from a state championship wrestling career in high school. Only a true junior, Boehm looks well on his way to competing for all-conference or even All-American accolades at center and could eventually earn early round NFL consideration."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 8:29 PM

Missouri redshirt senior OT Mitch Morse has "above average initial quickness," "good patience," and "plays with his knees bent," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Morse is an extremely versatile offensive lineman, having begun his career at center. He shifted to right tackle, where he's started the last 17 games, and will now transition to left tackle to replace Seattle Seahawk second-round pick Justin Britt. "Like Britt, Morse is a functional athlete whose strengths are his patience, power and tenacity," Rang wrote. "He is a bit top-heavy and struggled a bit with speed while at right tackle so the transition to left tackle this year may not perfectly. Morse is best suited back at right tackle or even slotted inside at guard where his lack of foot speed is better protected and he can play the physical brand of football that has helped him emerge as a standout, thus far." Rang concludes: "[Morse] is quicker and more balanced dropping back into pass protection than he is pulling or sprinting out to block defenders at the second level."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 7:30 PM


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